After the Capitol Siege in January, the conventional wisdom in Washington was that Sen. Josh Hawley’s career was over because big donors were turning against him. He would never recover after losing the support of David Humphreys. Hawley defied the media and went along with the views of his constituents who wanted him to oppose the certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.
“David Humphreys, a Joplin, Mo., businessman and major donor to Sen. Josh Hawley’s (R-Mo.) first campaign, disavowed him in a statement released Thursday, calling the lawmaker a “political opportunist.” …
“I need to say the same about Missouri’s U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, who has shown his true colors as an anti-democracy populist by supporting Trump’s false claim of a ‘stolen election,'” Humphrey’s added in his Thursday statement. “Hawley’s irresponsible, inflammatory, and dangerous tactics have incited violence and further discord across America. And he has now revealed himself as a political opportunist willing to subvert the Constitution and the ideals of the nation he swore to uphold.” …”
“David Humphreys: As Hawley’s biggest donor, this billionaire gave Hawley over $4 million — nearly 75% of his individual donations for his Attorney General’s campaign — and Hawley has since ignored bipartisan calls to investigate Humphreys after allegations of pay-to-play. …”
“A secretive billionaire supporter of Josh Hawley and other rightwing lawmakers suggested he had been “deceived” by the Republican senator from Missouri, who led the effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
Jeffrey Yass is a co-founder of Susquehanna International Group – headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a critical swing state – who has donated tens of millions of dollars to hardline Republican groups who supported Donald Trump’s effort to invalidate his defeat at the polls by Joe Biden.
Yass is a co-founder of Susquehanna International Group – headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a critical swing state – who has donated tens of millions of dollars to hardline Republican groups who supported Donald Trump’s effort to invalidate his defeat at the polls by Joe Biden.
Yass privately told a longtime associate he had not foreseen how his contributions would lead to attempts to overturn US democracy.
“Do you think anyone knew Hawley was going to do that?” Yass wrote to Laura Goldman, a former stockbroker who has known him for more than three decades. …”
Regardless of what you think about Sen. Josh Hawley, it is heartwarming to see that ordinary people in this country are sick of billionaires and the rule of big money in politics.
“WASHINGTON (KMOX) – Missouri’s Republican congressman who was the leading voice in the push to challenge the results of the 2020 election just had his best month in years in terms of campaign donation totals.
According to a release from Sen. Josh Hawley’s campaign, he raised $969,000 last month with an average donation of $52 and added 12,000 new donors. The spike in donations is the highest monthly total for him since before we won his Senate seat in 2018. …”
“Sen. Josh Hawley’s effort to block certification of the 2020 election has been a fundraising boon — not just for him but his party, Axios has learned.
Why it matters: Corporate donors and establishment Republicans recoiled at the Jan. 6 siege on the Capitol that followed efforts by Hawley (R-Mo.) and others to block President Biden’s Electoral College victory. But fundraising numbers show the GOP grassroots is still firmly in Hawley’s camp. …
Hawley’s personal fundraising also has spiked, according to data provided by a source close to his campaign.
From Jan. 1 through March 5, Hawley’s campaign brought in more than $1.5 million from nearly 28,000 donors, the vast majority of whom had never given to him before.
That’s more than 12 times what Hawley raised during the first quarter of 2020, and more than 34 times what he brought in during the first quarter of 2019 — and there’s still more than three weeks left in the current quarter. …”
The New York Times is complaining Hawley isn’t going anywhere now.
“Most Republicans who spoke at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Fla., avoided acknowledging the events of Jan. 6. But less than 30 seconds into his speech, Senator Josh Hawley confronted them head on.
That day, Mr. Hawley said, had underscored the “great crisis moment” in which Americans currently found themselves. That day, he explained, the mob had come for him.
The “woke mob,” that is. In the weeks since, they had “tried to cancel me, censor me, expel me, shut me down.” To “stop me,” Mr. Hawley said, “from representing you.” …“
Hawley is getting attaboys.
Trump raised over $200 million dollars from his supporters after he lost the 2020 election through his “Stop the Steal” campaign. Can you imagine Mitt Romney being able to do that?
I wouldn’t be laughing at the rubes like journos. This is yet another indication that the money, energy and votes are there for a real populist movement. There is an appetite for it now that didn’t exist in the past and isn’t going away. It is only a matter of time before another Bryan or Huey Long comes along: someone who isn’t just an opportunist like Trump, but who is a true believer who walks the walk.
Note: Jimmy Dore continues to knock these videos out of the park. He has been on fire lately. 17 million people are not getting the $1,400 stimulus check.